People & Skills

The Only Thing that Will Save Us – Confidence

I know, I know. You think I'm as batty as Julie Andrews -- spinning up that dirt road to the von Trapp manor with guitar in hand, singing, "I have confidence in me!" Maybe it is a little crazy. But it's true. Even the cold, hard facts of this complex global economy make this same emotional plea. Confidence -- or a lack there-of -- is paramount.

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What's Your New Year's Vision?

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t find them very motivating and apparently I’m not alone, judging by the number of people who crowd into my health club in January who are gone by April. Resolutions just don’t stick with me. So I’ve been musing about finding an innovative way to practice this tradition. The answer I’ve come up with: Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, why not a New Year’s Vision?

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KIN's Role as Force-Multiplier at Cisco Systems

My avocational role within Cisco effectively became that of a proactive evangelist for innovation history, concepts, trends, case studies, practice and thinking, thereby becoming a force-multiplier for the KIN community.  The ultimate utility of interacting with various audiences is to educate and challenge status quo thinking, through introducing an awareness of the potential of innovation, provides context and sparks imagination for discovering new ways to create value.

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Live Action (2) : Confidence from Empowerment

“Empower your people” is the new mantra to deal with the speed of the ground game that is being played in business today. Innovation has a shelf life and speed to market is critical to success. For the employees, empowerment is emotional, and it involves personal discretion and the freedom of choice to make the necessary decisions.

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The Universal Challenge of Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new order of things.” He was talking about politics and government but it applies equally well to any new venture. It is the universal experience of everyone who has ever tried: It’s not going to go exactly like you think it will. You will have to make adjustments.

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My One Word for 2012 – Ingenuity

“Ingenuity," John Kao suggests, is perhaps the most under-represented discussions of innovation, and at the same time, one of the most critical elements for addressing the challenges facing global society today. Many of these, from climate change to economic disparity, are escalating at a staggering pace that requires precisely the acceleration of the innovation process that ingenuity can provide.

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